February 15, 2022

U.S. Weighs China Factor in Drafting Plans to Punish Russia

Featuring Emily Kilcrease

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalists Ian Talley, Kate O'Keeffe

The Biden administration, in devising what it vows would be punishing economic penalties if Russia were to attack Ukraine, is factoring in whether China would come to Moscow’s aid and circumvent sanctions and other punitive measures.

Administration officials are considering cutting off major Russian banks from global financial networks and employing novel export controls to ban the sale of global technology that relies on American software and equipment to Russian entities in sectors such as aerospace, artificial intelligence, maritime and others.


Emily Kilcrease, a former U.S. trade official now at the Washington think tank Center for a New American Security, said that, in addition to blocking U.S. companies from selling needed technology to Chinese companies, Washington could pressure Taiwan and South Korea—key chip suppliers to China who are close to the U.S.—to stop selling to the country if they undermine the Russia restrictions.

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  • Emily Kilcrease

    Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Emily Kilcrease is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at CNAS. Her research focuses on the U.S.-China economic relationship; alignment...